The last couple days we’ve had some good food and we’ve made some happy discoveries. First, the meals.

Last night:

  • A soup made from the remains of the chicken we cooked the previously night, along with onions, garlic, yellow crooked neck squash, and salt.
  • Red La Soda potatoes and sweet potatoes, baked with a touch of salt.
  • String beans cooked in red wine with shallots, garlic and salt.
  • The remainder of the watermelon from the night before.
  • Prickly pear refresca.


  • “Bunless” hamburgers (lean grass-fed beef from Cochise) topped with goat cheese, roasted chile and tomato – these were awesome, and I think only an avocado could have improved it (this will not be the last time I lament the absence of local avocados!).
  • Okra sautéed with a green bell pepper, onion, tomato, coriander (from our garden), and salt.
  • Lemon cucumbers, sliced and marinated in olive oil, lime juice and salt.
  • Prickly pear refresca.

Next, the happy discoveries. Last week we were quite pleased to find a source of local olive oil, Queen Creek Olive Mill (in Phoenix), and even more pleased this afternoon to learn that the AJ’s Fine Foods market in Tucson carried their olive oil. We promptly drove up to get some. Our other discoveries today included local limes (from the Co-op on 4th Ave.) and local goat cheese (from Fiore di Capra, in Pomerene; this was also for sale at the Co-op). Olive oil, limes and goat cheese: not a shabby bunch of discoveries for one day!

Our CSA share yesterday included a canary melon, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, roasted Anaheim chiles, an onion, wheatberries, red La Soda potatoes, okra, and bell peppers.